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  • Unique Combination Machine - ever seen a Reypo?

    If you've been there, you'll understand why I just had to have this little jewel





    The fun thing about playing with machinery is I learn something new every day. Even though I already have a Delta lathe, a big table saw, six grinders and three drill presses, but I just had to have this baby to play with for a while. Wonder how is it such a unique, interesting and solidly-built machine has flown under the OWWM radar for all these years?

    The Reypo is just a really unique design with some clever features. It has even more presence on the bench than in the photos. The main body with motor weighs all I could carry. The table saw/grinder table is medium-size, but the DP and lathe are large enough and heavy enough to do full-size work. The lathe/saw/grinder spindle bearings are a foot apart and the lathe chuck thread is inch-and-a-quarter with a #2MT center. Even though it is called "Model Master", it is 67" long end-to-end and looks to be able to turn 36" between centers. This is real beef.






    Anyone ever seen a Reypo? Any dirty paper on one? Parts?

    thnx, jack vines

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    Makes Me wonder if that is where Shopsmith got their idea from.
    Way up on the cool meter. How much does it weigh and how big is the cap. of the lathe?

    Steve

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    • #3
      Very nice machine! Any idea how old it is?

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      • #4
        I like that! Looks much sturdier than a Shopsmith. To power the lathe, you unbelt the drill press head, turn the motor 90 degrees, and fit up another belt , right?

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        • #5
          Hell-for-stout lathe, has a gap-bed feature which will turn 12" and will turn 36" between centers.

          Yes, the motor rotates ninety counterclockwise and a second belt runs the lathe/grinder/saw.

          By the style and the tags, I'm guessing late '40s-early 50s.

          What is difficult to understand is how such a machine, with many heavy, detailed castings, could have been produced and sold without leaving a trace on the net or without anyone on the six most popular machine fora ever having seen one. Literally hundreds of machine-savvy guys have looked at the photos and not one has ever seen another Reypo.



          thnx, jack vines

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          • #6
            Maybe you should try a forum about old woodworking machines.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by PackardV8

              What is difficult to understand is how such a machine, with many heavy, detailed castings, could have been produced and sold without leaving a trace on the net or without anyone on the six most popular machine fora ever having seen one. Literally hundreds of machine-savvy guys have looked at the photos and not one has ever seen another Reypo.


              thnx, jack vines
              Maybe it is from a paralell universe and it snuk in this one some how

              Steve

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              • #8
                Maybe you should try a forum about old woodworking machines.
                If a suggestion, thanks. The largest old woodworking machine forum is appropriately, Old WoodWorking Machines, known as OWWM. There are three other woodworking machine fora, an antique machinery section on PM, plus this and another home machinist form. That's seven major sites with a lot of overlap between machinery interests and experience. Usually, one, or several of all the savvy guys on these seven fora can give chapter and verse of the history, specs and personal experience. This Reypo is the first machine in memory no one on these cumulative sites even knew it existed.

                Thanks for all the looks and the patience. Any suggestions as to where else I might search? If any info surfaces, it will be shared.

                thnx, jack vines

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